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by Jonesy

New Amnesty Campaign to Include Persecuted Cartoonist

October 11, 2015 in General

Amnesty International Malaysia today announced Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, as a participant of of the campaign that will see thousands of activists raising awareness of others who are persecuted by their governments.
AI Malaysia executive director Shahmini Darshni said Zunar was chosen because of the nine sedition charges that he was currently facing, for tweeting critically of the Malaysian judiciary.
Meanwhile, the need for campaigns such as the one featured above is validated by the persecution of cartoonists like Thailand’s Sakda Sae Iao.
The Thai authorities briefly detained the prominent editorial cartoonist on Sunday 4th October and warned he could be prosecuted for his future work, according to local news reports.
Sakda Sae Iao works for the local language Thai Rath newspaper and is better known by his pen name “Sia”. It is the second time since the military seized power in a May 2014 coup that Sakda has been summoned for what the junta refers to as “attitude adjustment”.

by Jonesy

Terry Anderson Voted onto Board of Cartoon Rights Network International

October 2, 2015 in General

CRNI Meet 03

PCO member Terry (check shirt, above) steps up to the mark

Terry  Anderson was recently voted onto the board of Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), the human rights organisation formed specifically to fight the corner of cartoonists whose life, liberty or livelihood is threatened by governments, corporations and extremists.

CRNI are embarking on a drive to increase their capacity and one of the first measures has been to widen the regional representation on their board.

CRNI logo

Here in the UK we are fortunate in that we have not laboured under the perennial threat that exists in the Middle East, the burden of criminal charges that have been levelled against our colleagues by regimes in Ecuador, Malaysia and Turkey or the kind of shocking attacks that occurred in France earlier this year.

Nevertheless, CRNI requires as accurate a picture as possible of the circumstances cartoonists are working in. Any cartoonist experiencing harassment or threat because of their work is more than welcome to contact Terry, in the very strictest confidence of course.

Terry’s presentation for the Scottish Artists Union AGM, “Charlie Hebdo, CRNI & Cartoonists Under Threat”, can be downloaded here.

by Jonesy

Cartoonist Takes the High Road to Cairnstoon

October 2, 2015 in General


PCO member Chris Cairns (together with Greg Moodie) is putting out a book of his cartoons from the Wings Over Scotland blog.

“Welcome to Cairnstoon” reached its crowdfunding goal in less than a week, proving – yet again – that the public’s appetite for quality cartooning is undiminished.

Read more about this cartoon compendium in Chris’ own words here.

Thanks to Terry Anderson.

by Jonesy

Steve Bell on Drawing Jeremy Corbyn

October 2, 2015 in General

Steve Bell

“Karl Marx meets Beatrix Potter”

The Guardian cartoonist and PCO member explains the thinking behind drawing the new Labour leader as a fox.

Continuing the animal theme, pigs, unsurprisingly, get a look in too…

Thanks to Terry Anderson for drawing this video to our attention.

by Jonesy

The New York Times and Editorial Cartoonists

October 2, 2015 in General


Daryl Cagle highlights the irony of the New York Times running a contest for budding editorial cartoonists.

There are two famous, unattributed quotes by NY Times editors:

1) We would never hire an editorial cartoonist because we would never give so much power to one man.

2) We would never hire an editorial cartoonist because you can’t edit an editorial cartoonist like you can a writer.

Adding these comments to a litany of equally depressing examples of the newspaper’s modus operandi, Mr. Cagle’s withering assessment of the New York Times can be found here.

Thanks to Terry Anderson for finding this story.